Monday: Sexual assault in the military

The Senate returns late Monday to hold a procedural vote on a judicial nominee, and then pass a bill to boost protections for victims of sexual assault in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Senators will pass S. 1917, the Victims Protection Act. The bill lets victims challenge their discharge from the military, and eliminates the ability to cite a soldier's good record when defending that soldier against assault charges.

The legislation from Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire McCaskillBill would target retaliation against military sexual assault victims Senate Dem takes on drugmaker: ‘It’s time to slaughter some hogs’ Week ahead: Drug pricing back in focus MORE (D-Mo.) is a less controversial bill than one the Senate rejected last week.

The Senate starts its day at 4 p.m., in preparation for an all-nighter — Democrats will speak late into the night and all through Tuesday morning on climate change.

The House is out, and returns Tuesday.

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